Senator Cory Booker (D-NY) may have said he’s not interested in running for president, but he could’ve fooled us.
At this point, the former New Jersey mayor is making himself far too likable. NorthJersey.com reports that on Tuesday, Booker will be introducing a bill to legalize marijuana nationwide.
The bill, which is titled the Marijuana Justice Act, would not only legalize Mary Jane, but would also require those currently incarcerated for marijuana related offenses to be re-sentenced. The bill would expunge marijuana use and possession crimes.
Whether Booker — whose character has been called into question on multiple occasions—had any political motivation for creating the bill, reservations aside, we’re here for this.
“Our country’s drug laws are badly broken and need to be fixed,” Booker, whose spent an admirable amount of his political career making efforts related to criminal justice reform, said in a statement obtained by NorthJersey.com. “They don’t make our communities any safer — instead they divert critical resources from fighting violent crimes, tear families apart, unfairly impact low-income communities and communities of color and waste billions in taxpayer dollars each year.”
Booker’s bill is superbly timely given Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ obsession with criminalizing marijuana, particularly its medical use, which is just strange. Not only did Sessions try to declare another war on drugs, he even found time asked Congress for permission
to prosecute medical marijuana distributors.
On a state level, marijuana legalization has been gaining traction. In June, New Jersey legalized the growing of medical marijuana
in Secaucus, New Jersey. But where the national government is concerned, such an overwhelmingly conservative Congress may mean Booker’s will be nothing more than a proposal.
But regardless of what happens, numerous reports of the racial bias behind marijuana arrests show the bill is surely worth a try.
reported that black people are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana related offenses than whites, although the use and possession of cannabis is nearly equal among between the races.
“These charges follow people for the rest of their lives making it difficult to do things we take for granted,” Booker said on Tuesday during a Facebook Live video
in which he discussed his bill.
While all know marijuana arrests are complete bullsh*t, so is the present administration. Therfore, we can only hope this bill will bring about an overdue liberation for those whose lives have been toiled by marijuana criminalization.